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Birthing Story

My sweet Beatrice Brown is almost 18 months old. But no time like the present to finish writing her Birth Story. I actually began writing last spring when she was around 9 months while taking a class at Blooma, a pre and postnatal yoga studio my sister runs, called Writing Your Birthing Story. I had written a little about her birth soon after she was born but had not taken the time to break down the days and moments surrounding this little miracle.

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In the two-hour class we were guided back to our child’s day of birth with soft lights, music, meditation, and a little yoga, in a loving, sacred space. With chocolate and tea on hand, I felt prepared and supported to relive the experiences of birthing my third and final child. Our teacher, Alyssa Blackwood, suggested we bring pictures, music, images…anything to help us remember bits of the experience. After some deep breaths and going inward, the words started to flow. I began to write and didn’t stop for a good 80 minutes.

Of course, this isn’t the case for everyone. Understandably so, many mothers who experienced traumatic labor and births find it difficult to relive the labor, the stress, all of it. Which is why Alyssa believes “the act of writing can help you process your labor experience, from the highs and lows, to the surprises, challenges, rewards, and funny or poignant moments.” Many tears were shed in the studio that evening as we sat supporting one another with no words exchanged.

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Although I only had a few more lines to write to complete the Birth Story this afternoon, I loved rereading the details of the day when this sweet, little child came into our lives. And now I have given Beatrice the opportunity to create a picture in her mind of what went down on a sunny Monday morning at HCMC with a mighty team surrounding her mom and dad.

If you are interested in taking this class, find the next one here with Alyssa on January 31st. It’s a gift you are giving yourself, as well as your child, remembering an historical day in your lifetime through your written words. Cheers Blooma! It was the push I needed to document Bea’s Birth Story and move it from my head to paper.

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Yes, that’s me. Looking up a word in an old Webster’s, way back in grade school. The whole scene feels vintage; the feel of my dad’s mechanical pencil, mom’s clunky white telephone and that enormous dictionary I lugged around our house, landing at the location of my homework station that particular day.

This picture reminds me of what writing used to feel like. It’s when we took time to find the right word with the correct spelling (vs. today’s ever present spellcheck), a thoughtful process which briefly took you from a busy family and everything surrounding you. Concentration needed. Multitasking not acceptable. Breath required.

It’s the reason why I’ve recently decided to make a conscious effort to place more energy into my own personal writing, beginning with my first writing class! During the month of March I will attend a three week writing practice and meditation class. The course, taught by local teacher Teri Blair, will focus on slowing down and becoming intentional in our lives and writing, no pressure attached. It honestly makes me a bit nervous sharing this decision. But now that it’s out there I promise to keep you abreast to my experiences throughout the class (if anyone would like to join, email teriwrites@yahoo.com).

I also signed up for a class this spring; Writing Your Baby’s Birth Story at Blooma, my sister’s yoga studio. This activity has been on my mind since giving birth to Bea. It’s a chance to relive the day our baby girl arrived into the world through my own memory and handwriting. The teacher Alisa Blackwood states, “The act of writing can help you process your labor experience, from the highs and lows, to the surprises, challenges, rewards, and funny or poignant moments.” I look forward to documenting this day before the details start to blend and eventually fade.

The Artist's Way

Lastly (yes, there is more) I am returning back to a morning writing ritual by following The Artist’s Way. Just to give you a brief history, two years ago when Nick and I were pondering the idea of creating a blog, my friend Jean suggested I pick up The Artist’s Way. For those unfamiliar, The Artist’s Way, written by Julia Cameron, is a book which teaches techniques and exercises to help people gain self-confidence by supporting their creative talents and skills. One of the two basic tools is the morning pages, a daily journal entry consisting of three pages of longhand writing, strictly stream-of-consciousness stuff. Yes, three pages each day. I gave this a go during my first trimester with Bea, but I was so darn tuckered out that it didn’t last too long. Now that I’m getting a little more rest, I feel the time has come to start fresh and bring the morning pages back into my life. Wish me luck people!!!

I certainly understand this entry is a bit self-centered. Apologies. My simple intention was to remind you fabulous readers (and writers) of the many resources available. The hope is for writing to be a natural, perhaps daily, part of your day. And for the mechanical pencil to not “bring me back” to younger years, but present ones instead.